This Month in Parks - November 2019

Special Events | Kids Sports and Activities | Gardening | Adult Sports | Fun for All Ages | Get Outside | Accessible Rec


Special Events

Thurs., Nov. 28: 25th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk
Springfield’s Thanksgiving tradition and the largest Thanksgiving Day 5K in Missouri! Turkey Trot takes place in downtown Springfield Thanksgiving morning, with four race categories: Elite, Runner, Walker and Family/Pet. Trophies for overall winners and medals for each age group. Build up your Thanksgiving appetite while benefiting the Park Board Youth Recreation Scholarship Fund and the Developmental Center of the Ozarks. Bring five items or five pounds of food to donate to Ozarks Food Harvest. Downtown Springfield 837-5817

For all ages
Thurs., Nov. 28, 8 a.m.
Early-bird registration by Fri., Nov. 22
(postmarked by Tues., Nov. 19):
$20/Adult, $15/Child
Registration in person only, at Springfield Expo Center, Nov. 27-28:
$30/Adult, $25/Child


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Sat., Nov. 9: Youth Try Hockey For Free
Learn the fundamentals of hockey skating and drills during this one-hour class. Register now at tryhockeyforfree.com or onsite Nov. 9 at noon. Jordan Valley Ice Park 874-2933

For ages 4-9 yrs.
1-2 p.m.
Free


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Mon, Nov. 11: Veterans’ Appreciation Day
Free zoo admission for military veterans with ID, and their immediate family. Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570

For all ages
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Free for military veterans (with ID) and their immediate family
$15/Adults and teens,
$10/Children 3-12 yrs.
$12/Seniors 60 yrs. and up


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Nov. 23-Jan. 1: Festival of Lights
A flurry of downtown events, including carriage rides, holiday shows and concerts, free ice skating, the Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade, and of course, festive lights. Check out the displays at Park Central Square, opening Nov. 17 with the Mayor’s Tree Lighting, and at Jordan Valley Park, where light shows are programmed to music for an enchanting stroll. Downtown Springfield 864-1049

For all ages
Mayor’s Tree Lighting: Sat., Nov. 23, 6:30 p.m.
Light displays: Nov. 23-Jan. 1, Lights run 5:30-11 p.m. Light displays are free, check venues for admission.
Ice skating at Jordan Valley Ice Park (free admission, $3 skate rental): Nov 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Nov 28, 5-6 p.m.
Free


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Nov. 29-Dec. 28: Gardens Aglow
Enjoy a serene evening stroll through the Mizumoto Japanese Garden, sparkling with festive lights! Campfires and hot cocoa available to keep you warm. Limited wheelchairs available. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

For all ages
Thurs.-Sat., 5-8:30 p.m.
$5/adult; FOG and SSCA members and children 12 yrs. and under free


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Kids Sports & Activities



Nov. 2-Dec. 14: Tiny Dancers
Learn the basic movements of ballet while having a lot of fun. Doling Family Center 837-5900

For ages 3-4 yrs.
Sat., 9-9:45 a.m.
$30/Member, $40/Non-member


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Nov. 2-Dec. 14: Kids’ Beginning Dance
Basic Ballet and Jazz for kids with fewer than two sessions of dance experience. Doling Family Center 837-5900

For ages 5-10 yrs.
Sat., 10-11 a.m.
$30/Member, $40/Non-member


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Nov. 2-Dec. 14: Kids’ Intermediate & Advanced Dance
Builds upon Ballet and Jazz techniques learned in Beginning Dance. At least two sessions previous dance required. Doling Family Center 837-5900

For ages 5-10 yrs.
Sat., 11 a.m.-Noon
$30/Member, $40/Non-member


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Sun., Nov. 3: Art-C Paint at Chesterfield
A step-by-step painting class for all ages and abilities. Price is per canvas, so paint your own, or create a masterpiece together with a loved one. Chesterfield Family Center 891-1616
All ages, 4 yr. & under must be with an adult
2-4 p.m.
$30/Member, $40/Non-member, $25 for additional canvas


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Nov. 3-Dec. 5: Swim Team Stingrays
For swimmers ages 6-18 who would like to continue their swim team experience through the school year. A great alternative to the highly competitive aquatics arena. Classes three times a week on Sun., Tues. and Thurs. No classes the week of Thanksgiving. Chesterfield Family Center 891-1616
For ages 6-18 yrs.
Sun., 2-3 p.m., Tues. and Thurs., 6:30-7:30 p.m.
$35/Members, $45/Non-members


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Nov. 4-5: SPARC School’s Out Program
Don’t sit around bored when school is out. Come join us for a fun-filled day of exciting field trips, tons of camp-style activities and memories that will last a lifetime! Held at multiple locations. SPARC 837-5737
For ages 5-12 yrs.
7 a.m.-6 p.m.
$20/Child


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Mon., Nov. 4: Members Only Night
Join us for our members only night at Springfield Skate Park. All riders welcomed. Membership verification before entry. Feeling left out? Purchase a membership or renewal prior to or on the day of the event. Springfield Skate Park 868-8758

For all ages
5-9 p.m.
$5/Person


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Tues., Nov. 5: Pony Day Camp
When school’s away, it’s time to play! A fun educational day with crafts, movies, stick horse races, horse care, petting ponies and one lead line ride. Bring a lunch, snack and water bottle. Wear jeans, boots/tennis shoes and appropriate outerwear. Space is limited, so register early. Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center 833-3291

For ages 6 yrs. and up
Drop-off opens 7:30 a.m.
Pick-up before 5:30 p.m.
$35/Day


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Sat., Nov. 9: Youth Try Hockey For Free
Learn the fundamentals of hockey skating and drills during this one-hour class. Register beginning Oct. 16 at tryhockeyforfree.com or onsite Nov. 9 at noon. Jordan Valley Ice Park 874-2933

For ages 4-9 yrs.
1-2 p.m.
Free


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Nov. 11-Dec. 4: Doling Family Learn to Swim
Designed to accommodate all ages through Level-2 skills. This program focuses on swimming skills and water safety. Each class takes place twice a week for three weeks. Doling Family Center 837-5900

For all ages
Mon. and Wed., 5:45-6:30 p.m.
$40/Members, $50/Non-members


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Nov. 12-Dec. 5: Chesterfield Family Learn to Swim
Designed to accommodate all ages through Level-2 skills. This program focuses on swimming skills and water safety. Each class takes place twice a week for three weeks. Chesterfield Family Center 891-1616

For all ages
Tues and Thurs., 5:45-6:30 p.m.
$40/Members, $50/Non-members


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Fri., Nov. 15: Kids’ Night at Dan Kinney
Kids, join us for a movie, pizza, crafts, basketball, bouncy castle, games and more! Dan Kinney Family Center 891-1500

For ages 5-12 yrs.
5-8:30 p.m.
$7/Member, $10/Non-member


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Nov. 20: Try Archery Program
Allows beginners an opportunity to shoot a limited number of arrows under the supervision of an instructor. Equipment is provided. Springfield Archery Complex at the Davis Property 874-2910

For ages 6 yrs. and up
Wed., 6-7 p.m.
$5/One-hour class


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Fri., Nov. 22: Parents Night Out
Join SPARC at Sequiota Elementary to play in a fun and safe environment, eat dinner, play games, crafts, watch a movie and more! Sequiota Elementary School 837-5737

For grades K-5
5-10 p.m.
$15/Child


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Sat., Nov. 23: Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center Academic Show
An introduction to the world of horse show competitions. Open to current equestrian students, who may use VWM-EC horses, or other riders on their own horse. Points accumulate for year-end awards. Registration required. Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center 833-3291

For ages 5 yrs. and up
Time varies, call for details
$35/Rider


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Nov. 23-24: The Ultimate Springfield Cave Tour
A full day of caving adventure in the Springfield area, including a hiking tour that highlights the outside of the caves at Ritter Springs Park, a walking tour through Giboney Cave in Doling Park, and a guided boat tour through Sequiota Cave in Sequiota Park. Bring your own snacks and water. Transportation provided. Register by Nov. 22. Outdoor Initiatives 833-8647

For ages 5 yrs. and up (5-17 yrs. with an adult)
Sat. Tour 1: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sat. Tour 2: Noon-4:30 p.m.
Sun. Tour 1: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sun. Tour 2: Noon-4:30 p.m.
$15/Person


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Tues., Nov. 26: Turkey Trot Can Drive
Join us for a free session at the Skate Park when you donate two canned food items. Proceeds benefit Ozark Food Harvest, in partnership with the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Run-Walk. Springfield Skate Park 868-8758

For all ages
3-9 p.m.
Free with two canned food items


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Fri., Nov. 29: Drop and Shop
Parents can go shopping while kids have supervised fun with movies and crafts. Chesterfield Family Center 891-1616

For ages 3-11 yrs., kids must be potty-trained
5-9 a.m.
$20/Member, $30/Non-member


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Gardening

Fri., Nov. 1: Garden Nights Out: Pie Clinic
Bring a date, bring your friends, or just bring yourself for a night out in the garden. Classes give instruction in practical and creative ways to use garden plants. Snacks provided. Registration required by 5 p.m. Thursday before. Space is limited. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515
For ages 16 and up.
7 p.m.
$30


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Tues., Nov. 5: Junior Master Gardener Nights
Kids get their hands dirty each month with a fun hands-on horticulture activity on the first Tuesday of each month. Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center 891-1515

For ages 8-15 yrs.
5:30 p.m.
$5/class


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Wed., Nov. 6: Garden Storytime
Kids and families meet for a nature-themed story and a timely garden activity and craft. First Wednesday of each month. Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center 891-1515
For all ages, designed for pre-schoolers
10 a.m.
Free


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Nov. 7, 21: Home School Horticulture
Home school students study special topics in horticulture. Designed for Missouri Learning standards in Science. Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center 891-1515

Grades K-12, organized by date
Thurs., 10 a.m.
Nov. 7: Grade 4
Nov. 21: Grade 5
$3/class


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Nov. 29-Dec. 28: Gardens Aglow
Enjoy a serene evening stroll through the Mizumoto Japanese Garden, sparkling with festive lights! Campfires and hot cocoa available to keep you warm. Limited wheelchairs available. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

For all ages
Thurs.-Sat., 5-8:30 p.m.
$5/adult; FOG and SSCA members and children 12 yrs. and under free


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Adult Sports & Programming

Nov. 6-29: Small Group Training Dan Kinney
A four-week course designed to improve mobility, strength, flexibility and overall physical performance through a comprehensive training plan designed by a certified coach. Five people per class. Dan Kinney Family Center 891-1500

For ages 18 yrs. and up
Wed., 10 a.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.
$40/Member, $50/Non-member


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Nov. 12-Dec. 26: Total Yoga at Doling
One-hour mix of Yoga and Pilates, ideal for improving balance, coordination, peace of mind and overall health. Doling Family Center 837-5900
For ages 18 yrs. and up
Nov. 12-Dec. 17; Tues., 9 a.m. or 6 p.m.
Nov. 14-Dec. 26; Thurs., 6 p.m.
$35/Member, $45/Non-member


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Nov. 16-Dec. 14: Tai Chi at Dan Kinney
Relaxation, focus and balance practices for all experience levels. Dan Kinney Family Center 891-1500

For ages 16 yrs. and up.
Sat., 10 a.m.
$35/Member, $45/Non-Member


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Oct. 12-Nov. 9: Tai Chi at Dan Kinney
Relaxation, focus and balance practices for all experience levels. Dan Kinney Family Center 891-1500

For ages 16 yrs. and up.
Sat., 10 a.m.
$35/Member, $45/Non-Member


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Nov. 19-Dec. 17: Pickleball for Beginners 
An instructor-led class focusing on the rules and fundamentals of pickleball. Fun for teens and adults of all ages. All equipment provided. Doling Family Center 837-5900

For ages 10 yrs. and up
Tues., 7-8 p.m.
$20/Member, $30/Non-member


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Nov. 19-Dec. 17: Intermediate Pickleball
Builds on skills learned during Pickleball for Beginners and teaches more advanced skills for leagues and tournaments. All equipment provided. Doling Family Center 837-5900

For ages 10 yrs. and up
Tues., 8-9 p.m.
$20/Member, $30/Non-member


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Fun for All Ages

Mon., Nov. 4: Members Only Night
Join us for our members only night at Springfield Skate Park. All riders welcomed. Membership verification before entry. Feeling left out? Purchase a membership or renewal prior to or on the day of the event. Springfield Skate Park 868-8758

For all ages
5-9 p.m.
$5/Person


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Mon, Nov. 11: Veterans’ Appreciation Day
Free zoo admission for military veterans with ID and their immediate family. Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570

For all ages
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Free for military veterans (with ID) and their immediate family
$15/Adults and teens
$10/Children 3-12 yrs.
$12/Seniors 60 yrs. and up


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Nov. 19-Dec. 17: Pickleball for Beginners
An instructor-led class focusing on the rules and fundamentals of pickleball. Fun for teens and adults of all ages. All equipment provided. Doling Family Center 837-5900

For ages 10 yrs. and up
Tues., 7-8 p.m.
$20/Member, $30/Non-member


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Nov. 19-Dec. 17: Intermediate Pickleball Doling
Builds on skills learned during Pickleball for Beginners and teaches more advanced skills for leagues and tournaments. All equipment provided. Doling Family Center 837-5900
For ages 10 yrs. and up
Tues., 8-9 p.m.
$20/Member, $30/Non-member


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Nov. 23-Jan. 1: Festival of Lights
A flurry of downtown events, including carriage rides, holiday shows and concerts, free ice skating, the Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade, and of course, festive lights. Check out the displays at Park Central Square, opening Nov. 17 with the Mayor’s Tree Lighting, and at Jordan Valley Park, where light shows are programmed to music for an enchanting stroll. Downtown Springfield 864-1049

For all ages
Mayor’s Tree Lighting: Sat., Nov. 23, 6:30 p.m.
Light displays: Nov. 23-Jan. 1, Lights run 5:30-11 p.m. Light displays are free, check venues for admission.
Ice skating at Jordan Valley Ice Park (free admission, $3 skate rental): Nov 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Nov 28, 5-6 p.m.
Free


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Tues., Nov. 26: Turkey Trot Can Drive
Join us for a free session at the Skate Park when you donate two canned food items. Proceeds benefit Ozark Food Harvest, in partnership with the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Run-Walk. Springfield Skate Park 868-8758

For all ages
3-9 p.m.
Free with two canned food items


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Nov. 23-24: The Ultimate Springfield Cave Tour
A full day of caving adventure in the Springfield area, including a hiking tour that highlights the outside of the caves at Ritter Springs Park, a walking tour through Giboney Cave in Doling Park, and a guided boat tour through Sequiota Cave in Sequiota Park. Bring your own snacks and water. Transportation provided. Register by Nov. 22. Outdoor Initiatives 833-8647

For ages 5 yrs. and up (5-17 yrs. with an adult)
Sat. Tour 1: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sat. Tour 2: Noon-4:30 p.m.
Sun. Tour 1: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sun. Tour 2: Noon-4:30 p.m
$15/Person


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Fri., Nov. 29: Drop and Shop
Parents can go shopping while kids have supervised fun, with movies and crafts. Chesterfield Family Center 891-1616

For ages 3-11 yrs., kids must be potty-trained
5-9 a.m.
$20/Member, $30/Non-member


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Nov. 29-Dec. 28: Gardens Aglow
Enjoy a serene evening stroll through the Mizumoto Japanese Garden, sparkling with festive lights! Campfires and hot cocoa available to keep you warm. Limited wheelchairs available. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

For all ages
Thurs.-Sat., 5-8:30 p.m.
$5/adult; FOG and SSCA members and children 12 yrs. and under free


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Get Outside

Thurs., Nov. 14: Outdoor Adventure Book Club
The Springfield-Greene County Library District is heading into the great outdoors! Join the Library and Outdoor Initiatives for this series of outdoor adventure-themed book discussions paired with a related outdoor activity in parks. Discuss your favorite outdoor recipe with Dutch Oven Cooking Program, at Valley Water Mill Park. Space is limited, registration required. Outdoor Initiatives 833-8647

For 18 yrs. and up
5:30-6:45 p.m.
Free


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Sat., Nov. 16: Fall Hiking Series: Sandstone Trail, Prairie State Park
Hit the trail with us this fall, exploring some of the finest scenery in the Ozarks. These trips are moderate-to strenuous in difficulty, so physical fitness is required. Transportation provided. Bring your own lunch, snacks and water. Register by Fri., Nov. 15. Outdoor Initiatives 833-8647

For ages 15 yrs. and up
8 a.m.-7 p.m.
$20/person


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Nov. 23-24: The Ultimate Springfield Cave Tour
A full day of caving adventure in the Springfield area, including a hiking tour that highlights the outside of the caves at Ritter Springs Park, a walking tour through Giboney Cave in Doling Park, and a guided boat tour through Sequiota Cave in Sequiota Park. Bring your own snacks and water. Transportation provided. Register by Nov. 22. Outdoor Initiatives 833-8647

For ages 15 yrs. and up (15-17 yrs. with an adult)
Sat. Tour 1: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sat. Tour 2: Noon-4:30 p.m.
Sun. Tour 1: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sun. Tour 2: Noon-4:30 p.m.
$15/Person


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Accessible Rec

Fri., Nov. 1: Wild Animal Safari 
Join us on a tour of Wild Animal Safari in Strafford, Mo. Fee includes tour of park and lunch and applies to support staff. Northview Center 837-5808

Ages 18 yrs. and up with a disability
9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
$20/Person


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